French soccer giants Paris St-Germain have bounced back from their loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg loss. They played very well but counter attacking football from their hosts left them staggering ahead of the return leg.
PSG now trail 3-1 ahead of the return leg in two weeks in Paris. The team, which many are hoping would stun the European champions, returned to winning ways as they hosted Strasbourg in the Ligue 1. Edison Cavani, who struggled against Madrid and had to be substituted, returned to goalscoring, netting twice and writing his name in gold in the annals of history at the club. The Uruguay international made it 86 goals – the most by any PSG player. Julian Drxler, Neymar Jr. and Angel Di Maria also scored to complete the five goal rout.
The visitors had gone ahead first, scoring within the first six minutes. Jean Eudes Aholouand Kenny Lala combined to stun the fans at Parc des Princes. PSG responded within minutes, with the German youngster beating goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja with his left footed effort. In the 21st minute, an impressive Neymar doubled the hosts’ advantage. He connected to a cross from Lo Celso and fired it towards goal but the keeper stopped the first attempt. Neymar collected the ball and slotted it home without any errors the second time.
Within a minute of Neymar’s goal, PSG added another following an error by Pablo Martinez. He passed to the back from the kickoff and Di Maria capitalized on the error. In the second half, the Argentine had more chances but he failed to add more to his tally. Javier Pastore sent Cavani through and the striker converted for his first goal in the 73rd minute. Six minutes later Neymar with an assist saw Cavani grab a brace to send PSG 15 points clear in the Ligue 1.